New data shows 148 severe antibiotic-resistant infections a day in 2021

  22 November 2022

The number of severe antibiotic-resistant infections in England rose by 2.2% in 2021 compared to 2020 but remains below pre-pandemic levels.

The latest data published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reveals that the estimated total number of serious antibiotic resistant infections in England rose by 2.2% in 2021 compared to 2020 (53,985 compared to 52,842). This is the equivalent of 148 severe antibiotic resistant infections a day in 2021.

Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but inappropriate usage and overuse of antibiotics can accelerate this process. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are less likely to respond to treatment, causing serious complications, including bloodstream infections, sepsis and hospitalisation. This is why it is important to take antibiotics only when they are prescribed and necessary for the condition.

Further reading: Gov.UK
Author(s): Gov.UK
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